Principal and Leadership Team Institute, Burbank September 27, 2006Winter 2007 | Admin | January 21, 2007 at 6:26 pm
Almeria Middle School, Fontana Unified School District
The School Leadership Team uses AVID strategies to emphasize organization, goal setting and support for high school success, including college and career research. The AVID program evolution/expansion began with teacher support and buy in. Now Cornell notes are used school-wide and 95% of the teachers are AVID trained.
To promote college-going, teachers show students how to calculate a Grade Point Average (GPA) at the beginning of the school year.
Gage Middle School, Los Angeles Unified School District
One of the main challenges of becoming a college-going school in a low-income community where few people have gone to college is changing the perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs of teachers who have been at the same school for many, many years. One successful strategy of the School Leadership Team was using the School Self-Assessment Rubric (SSAR) with the entire staff to develop the school focus and to revise the schools Vision Statement. The staff worked with trained facilitators provided through GEAR UP.
Northrup School, Alhambra Unified School District
Their first step in building a college-going culture was to establish the School Leadership Team after attending the GEAR UP Principal and Leadership Team Institute. Despite their initial confusion, the team took the School Self Assessment Rubric (SSAR) back to the rest of the staff and used the GEAR UP process to determine the two areas for their first year focus. The next year they were ready to focus on two other areas. The Leadership Team also set a time to meet and did not allow events to interfere with this set time for discussion.